It’s really quite simple. In the words of legendary saxophone teacher Joe Allard:
“To blow is to breathe, there is no difference.”
How often we overcomplicate things. We should never twist, contort, and strain ourselves while playing. We (hopefully) don’t struggle and strain when we speak, so why all the painful effort while playing our instrument?
Let it sing.
(OK, I think you get the picture now before I get all poetic and stuff).
photo courtesy of Krabiman